Whether you need to cut an overgrown conifer, cherry laurel or any other type of hedge, a long-reach hedge trimmer (also referred to as a telescopic pole hedge trimmer) is the perfect tool for the job. Although standard cordless hedge trimmers are far more popular, the long-reach alternative is more versatile. This is because most models allow you to shorten the extension pole and use it as a standard hedge trimmer when required.
To help you choose a long reach hedge trimmer for all your cutting requirements, our hand-picked selection features top-performing models chosen through our first-hand experience cutting a range of hedges, testing, and thorough research.
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How The DIY Works Team Tests & Rates The Long Reach Hedge Trimmers
After years of using telescopic ladders and a standard hedge trimmer to tackle our tall hedges, we eventually invested in a long-reach tool.
Needless to say, it has been one of our most used gardening tools in the shed and it’s used by many of our family and friends too. Whether we are cutting tall Griselinia hedges to perfection or overgrown conifers, we’ve tried and tested multiple long-reach hedge trimmers (for this article) on a range of hedges, trees and shrubs.
The main factors that we took into consideration whilst looking into the various long-reach options for our personal use were the total reach and weight. After previously using a heavy alternative, the weight of that machine was a major drawback after holding it upright for a long period of time and it certainly made it quite difficult to use near the end.
To keep up our commitment to reviewing and testing the latest long-reach hedge trimmers (for this article), we are continually testing out the latest models offered by top brands in the UK. This means that if we notice a brand has released a new and improved model, we will attempt to buy it and put it to the test (where applicable).
Below is a video we posted on our YouTube channel that shows us testing and demonstrating the ease of using a long-reach hedge trimmer. We purchased the Greenworks G40PSH (our top-rated recommendation in our roundup) that we are using in the video and as you can see, cutting all angles of the conifer is effortless.
As well as our testing and experience of using multiple long-reach hedge trimmers, we also based our recommendations upon the latest research and several factors. Some of the factors that we took into consideration included the total reach, weight, blade construction, battery runtime, adjustable head positions, ease of operation, warranty and value.